Italian soccer club fans chant antisemitic slogans at the stadium

Fans of the Italian soccer clubs Inter Milan and Juventus chanted antisemitic remarks at the stadium before and during a game.

Fans of the Italian soccer clubs Inter Milan and Juventus were spotted chanting anti-Semitic remarks over the weekend during the Milan Derby (Derby della Madonnina or Derby di Milano), which is a match between Inter Milan and AC Milan, the two biggest Milanese soccer teams. The Italian Football Federation is investigating the matter.

The fans of Inter Milan were caught on camera chanting “the champions of Italy are Jews” at the stadium before the game began, calling their rivals Jews.

Inter Milan strongly criticised the chanting of its fans, tweeting, “We have been Brothers of the World since 1908. It is a commitment we have always made. It is in our history, it is who we are,” along with the hashtag #NoToDiscrimination.

Fans of the Italian Juventus soccer club also took part in antisemitic chanting on the same day, shouting “the Viola aren’t Italians, they’re a pack of Jews” during their game at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence, reports the Jerusalem Post.

Antisemitic sentiment has long been an issue in the Italian soccer world. Players of colour are constant targets of anti-Semitic and racist insults from rival team fans, and antisemitic banners often appear in the stadium.